Dolya Goutman, Tom the Butcher

Doyla Goutman: Tom the Butcher (1955) Oil on canvas
Title
Tom the Butcher
Date
1955
Medium
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Museum Purchase, 1956
Dimensions
40 ¼" x 30 ½"
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  • The name is spelled Dolya. He was a family friend when he moved to Bryn Mawr and shopped at our grocery store. Dolya was doing walks of life portraits. That is why he did Tom the Butcher!
    Joan Recchuiti Williams
  • Hi, I was a student of Mr. Goutman from 64-66. I was a painting major At Moore College of Art hence several classes with Doyla. He always wore a wool black tam, had thick black rimmed glasses. He was an excellent teacher who exuded flamboyance and spirit!
    Judith A. Scull
  • Tom the Butcher is my late father. Doyla was a personal friend of the family and frequented our store, Tom's Market in Bryn Mawr, PA. The background meat hanging was our glass front walk in box as it was called. The facial features captures my dad perfectly. Tom always wore an apron and his hands were extremely large. Looking at this portrait, I feel like I am looking at my dad. Brings back memories because I was a butcher, taught by my dad. As a teenager, I posed for some of Doyla's classes. This portrait takes me back 60 years.

    Joan Recchuiti Williams
  • Dear Ms. Williams, Thank you for the information about this work of art. I've been extremely fond of it, but didn't know very much about the sitter or the artist. Am I correct that your father's name was Tom Recchuiti? Would you also be able to share any additional knowledge about Doyla Goutman? We would like to know more. Thank you! Bill Valerio

    Bill Valerio